The Churches of Mexico, 1530-1810

The Churches of Mexico, 1530-1810

The Churches of Mexico, 1530-1810

The Churches of Mexico, 1530-1810

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The serious literature, in English, on viceregal or colonial Mexican religious architecture and art is not large. Since Sylvester Baxter pioneer study of 1901 (Spanish-Colonial Architecture in Mexico), there have been only a few works which have attempted and achieved accuracy of fact, integrity of scholarship, and sensitivity to the special character of the viceroyalty of New Spain. George Kubler monumental study of thesixteenth century (Mexican Architecture in the Sixteenth Century); Elizabeth Wilder Weismann perceptive survey of sculpture (Mexico in Sculpture: 1521-1821), which is often closely connected with architecture; the sections on Mexico in Pál Kelemen's wide-ranging study of Latin Americanseventeenth- and eighteenth-century developments (Baroque and Rococo in Latin America); and most recently George Kubler and the lateMartin Soria's notable contributions on the architecture and art of Spain and its colonies in the Pelican History of Art (The Art and Architecture of Spain and Portugal and Their American Dominions: 1500-1800)-- these are the principal additions to knowledge of the subject in the English language. There have been a number of travel and historical books which have touched upon Mexican architecture and art, some vividly illuminating and others frankly journalistic. A few authors-- architects rather than architectural historians--have provided readable though incomplete and partially inaccurate and dated studies of Mexican architecture (Sanford The Story of Architecture in Mexico . . .

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